Monday, August 17, 2020

Table for Nine, Please (Awww Monday), Thought Provoking Quote of the Week, and Be Responsible! (Poetry Monday)


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Someone who has adopted from our shelter before found a box on the side of the road and knew to call.  A mama cat somewhere just outdid herself, it was 9 kittens!

It's hard to tell, but it's 3 grays, 3 gray tabbies, two orange tabbies, and a solid black!


Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy's Reader, is on hiatus, so here's a Thought Provoking Quote of the Week in her honor.



Poetry Monday was started by Diane at On The Alberta/Montana Border.  She and Jenny at Procrastinating Donkey take turns providing a theme each week.   Charlotte/Mother Owl almost always participates, too.  This week the theme is Responsibilities.          

It's not a dirty word
To think so is absurd
They make you grow up fast
Though they're not always a blast
Tend yours and be a success
And your life won't be a mess!


Today is:

#2 Pencil Day -- internet generated, but since a pencil can draw a line 35 miles long, write under water, in zero gravity, or upside down, what's not to celebrate!

Black Cat Appreciation Day -- they deserve a day! black cats even have a Facebook page    

Day of Rituals in the Temples of Ra, Horus, and Osiris -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Drink Coffee at the Office from A Sippy Cup Day -- begun by someone with a sense of humor, who wants you to see how long it takes people to notice

Festival of Diana -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Jari Kemerdekaan RI -- Indonesia (Independence Day)(1945)

Meaning of "Is" Day -- thank you, Clinton!

National Thrift Shop/Thrift Store Day -- no history on it, probably started by a thrift store having a summer sale; still a good idea

National Vanilla Custard Day

Odin's Ordeal begins -- based on the Ancient Norse legend, Modern Odinists and some Asatru practice silence for nine days, through the 25th

Portunalia -- Roman Empire (honoring the god of locks, keys, ports, and harbors)

Prekmurje Union Day -- Slovenia (celebrates the Slovenes in Prekmurje being Incorporated into the Mother Nation)

San Martin Day -- Argentina (death anniversary of General Jose de San Martin, liberator of Argentina, Chile, and Peru)

Stay at Home With Your Kids Day -- begun by Work at Home Moms ezine in 1999, to encourage and support parents who work from home

St. Hyacinth's Day (Patron of Camalaniugan, Philippines; Ermita de Piedra de San Jacinto, Philippines; Kradow, Poland; Lithuania; Poland; against drowning)

Yukon Discovery Day -- YT, Canada

Birthdays Today:

Mark Salling, 1982
Donnie Wahlberg, 1969
Sean Penn, 1960
Jonathan Franzen, 1959
Belinda Carlisle, 1958
Guillermo Vilas, 1952
Robert Joy, 1951
Robert DeNiro, 1943
Francis Gary Powers, 1929
Maureen O'Hara, 1920
Harrison V. Chase, 1913
Mae West, 1892
charles I, last emperor of Austria-Hungary, 1887
Samuel Goldwyn, 1882
Davy Crockett, 1786

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Life of Brian(Film), 1979
"Symphonie Liturgique"(Honegger's Third Symphony), 1946
Animal Farm(Publication date), 1945
"Gotterdammerung/Twilight of the Gods"(Opera WWV 86D), 1876

Today in History:

The Peace of Bergerac gives political rights to the Huguenots, 1577
John White returns to Roanoke, Virginia, to find no trace of the colonists he had left there 3 years earlier, 1590
Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins its first trip up the Hudson River, 1807
Solymon Merrick patents the wrench, 1835
The first bank in Hawaii opens, 1858
Patent granted for an electric self starter for automobiles, 1891
Pike Place Market, the longest continuously-running public farmers market in the US, opens in Seattle, 1907
Fantasmagorie by Émile Cohl, the first animated cartoon, is shown in Paris, 1908
First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California, 1953
Quake Lake is formed by the magnitude 7.5 1959 Yellowstone earthquake near Hebgen Lake in Montana, 1958
East German border guards kill 18-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin becoming one of the first victims of the wall, 1962
Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing $1.5 billion in damage, 1969
Venera 7 launched. It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus), 1970
Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine, 1978
The first Compact Discs are released to the public in Germany, 1982
The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts, 2005
Afghan archeologists discover the remains of a Buddhist site located south of Kabul, 2010
Trogloraptor marchingtoni, an unusual spider discovered in 2010 is determined to be a new family of spiders previously unknown in the world of science; the new spider family has been named Trogloraptor, meaning 'cave robber', 2012
LIGO picks up images of two neutron stars colliding, the first time scientists have ever been able to witness that event, 2017
The landmark power-sharing deal signed by military and civilian leaders is celebrated in Khartoum, Sudan, with a transitional government to take over as of the beginning of September, 2019


  1. I am glad that the finder knew who to call for that poor mama cat.
    And I love your poem. If we heard more about responsibilities and less about rights I think the world would be a better place.

  2. 9 Kitties! I'm so glad someone found them and knew to call you.

  3. My grandfather used to say, "always take everything with a pinch of salt!" Mind you, he made an awful cup of tea!

    God bless.

  4. Aww! I hope they find good loving homes when their ready :-)

    Brilliant quote and so thought provoking :-)

    Have a quotetastic safe Monday 😷😷😷

  5. Those kittens are so precious and adorable! Love that quote - never thought about salt and sugar that way!

  6. Nice proverbs. I love little kittens and wish I was not sneezing my head off.

  7. Oh my goodness, what a huge family of wee ones!

  8. That's a lot of kitties. Need to find that mom and stop the kitty machine. They are most adorable too.

    Love your take on responsibilities. Spot on.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Big hug. ♥

  9. Mimi - do you give lessons? I couldn't work 'Responsibilities' into my poem even once and you found a way to include it SIX times! I take my hat off to you. Those kitties are real cuties.

  10. Nine?! WOW, NINE! As annoying as they sometimes are, responsibilities keep life interesting.

  11. Adorable kitties ~ glad they were rescued ~ people who abandon animals should be left on the side of the road to fend for themselves or 'strung up by the family jewels' ~

    Wonderful spark too ~ ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. It there anything cuter than a fuzzy pile of kittens?! Your poem is absolute truth: Tend your responsibilities and your life won't be a mess!
    Happy Vanilla Custard day! *spoon salute*

  13. excellent post as always! Oh those poor little fortunate that someone found them. Take care and have a lovely day!

  14. the quote is SPOT ON !!!

    N we iz BUZZED happee de wee kittenz iz safe....blessingz 984 times over two de purrson who helped ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
    ~~~~~ we hope mom iz aye oh kay two ♥♥♥

    curzez 984 timez 984 two de ******* that leeeved em ther ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ hizzzzzzzzzzzzz

  15. Love your pic of your bundle of kittens. They are fortunate to have been taken to your shelter. That's a clever poem about responsibilities, spot on.

  16. I am glad they were rescued. Great spark and poem.

  17. I hope each kitten finds a wonderful home when their day comes. I appreciate good kind hearts like that who do the right thing. Poor kitten and poor mama too. HUGS across the miles XO

  18. Mimi,

    What cute kitties! Mez wants one!! Well, just my inner me does. Unfortunately we can't have any pets indoors because of allergies and I wouldn't feel right about having to keep them outside, so there's no future plans anytime soon to get any pets. :( Your poem on responsibilities is spot on. When we're responsibility for oneself THAT does keep our lives from being a mess. Those who do not heed such responsibilities find out the hard way. Unfortunately, it usually means they've made someone other than themselves also have it hard, too. Great Sparks!


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